Project Conservator: Past Caring? City of York Health and Poor Law Archives
£28, 095 pa (fixed)
Fixed Term (3 months from beginning of contract)
York Explore Library
Over the past two years The Past Caring project – funded by Wellcome – has been cataloguing and conserving 160 linear metres of health, poverty and social care archives. Dating between 1837 and 2003 these collections have rich potential for academic researchers. The current post has become available due to the early departure of the previous Project Conservator. You will carry out the final preservation and conservation work to make these records fully accessible for the first time.
Working independently you will assess, clean, repair and repackage the remaining records of York Poor Law Union and Workhouse, Medical Officer of Health and the Departments of Health and Environmental Health. You will tackle the challenge of bringing a large-scale conservation project to completion, assessing and undertaking any outstanding work in accordance with the project guidelines. You will work in-situ at the archive store using a portable conservation trolley.
In addition to a recognised qualification in conservation, you will have experience of working specifically with paper and bindings. You will have excellent organisational and time management skills, as well as a demonstrable ability to work independently. Experience of working collaboratively with professional or specialist peers, who may have different or competing priorities, is highly desirable. Experience of project work would be beneficial but is not necessary.
For an informal discussion please contact Catriona Cannon (Archivist – Civic and Public Records), at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for applications is 12pm on Friday 19 October
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 24 October
Freelance Conservator: The B/Y Memoranda Book
Invitation to tender
Fixed Term (222.5 hours from beginning of contract)
Borthwick Institute for Archives
Following a generous grant from the Pilgrim Trust through the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust, we are in a position to offer a short-term freelance conservation contract working on one of our medieval manuscript volumes. The B/Y Memoranda Book is one of the foundation documents of the medieval city of York. Together with its sister volume A/Y (conserved by an NMCT grant in around 2000) and the first Register of Freemen, B/Y forms part of the earliest surviving records of the city – at that time the second in England in terms of importance.
The volume belongs to City of York Council and forms part of its archive collections, currently managed by Explore York Libraries and Archives. Rental of studio space is included in our grant funding, and as we do not have our own studio, the work will be carried out at the Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York.
As a qualified, experienced ICON-accredited conservator (or equivalent) with demonstrable experience of working with medieval records, you will work independently to carry out the recommendations in the treatment specification supplied as part of the bid process. You should also have excellent organisational and time management skills. Experience of working collaboratively with professional or specialist peers, who may have different or competing priorities, is highly desirable. Experience of project work would be beneficial but is not necessary.
The treatment specification has been approved by the NMCT Trustees, and must be adhered to during the course of this project. Details of the specification can be found at the bottom of this page. The specification also includes a breakdown of the project work and an estimation of costs, although the costs can be negotiated with the successful party.
For more information or an informal chat about this post, please contact Laura Yeoman, Archivist (Access and Engagement) at Laura.Yeoman@exploreyork.org.uk. If you would like to tender for this work, please send your CV stating why you feel you are right to carry out the work required, evidence of your qualifications and at least two testimonials from previous clients, to Laura.Yeoman@exploreyork.org.uk for consideration by our panel.
Closing date is 12pm on Friday 9 November 2018.
Please note to satisfy our grant conditions all work should be carried out by 31 March 2019.